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Collaborative Outcomes Congress: Slides, graphic recordings, videos, and photos posted!

The BC Enhanced Recovery Collaborative held its official closing event on January 12, 2016 in Vancouver. It was a day of celebration and learning, a day to discuss accomplishments and the challenges that remained. All 10 Collaborative teams presented their experience and results from the past 13 months of working together on increasing capacity in Enhanced Recovery in BC and improving outcomes for their elective colorectal surgery patients. The results of the Collaborative as a whole – both qualitative and quantitative – were also presented.

We were very fortunate to have as our guest keynote speakers Dr. Henrik Kehlet from Denmark and Tracy Wasylak from Alberta. Both shared their critical perspectives and drew our attention back to the evidence, while urging us to look forward at systemic transformation and impact.

All presentations, graphic recordings, videos, and photos can be found here or follow the Outcomes Congress & Learning Sessions tab above.

Thank you to everyone who attended; it was an inspiring day!

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Jan 12, 2016: ERAS Collaborative Outcomes Congress

Registration for this event is now closed.

The Enhanced Recovery Collaborative Outcomes Congress is an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, share lessons, results, and experiences with hospitals from across BC, and discuss the future of Enhanced Recovery in the province with multi-disciplinary clinicians, executive leaders, patients, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders.



8:00-8:30 Sign-in and Breakfast
8:30-8:40 Welcome

Angie Chan, ERAS Collaborative Project Manager

8:40-8:45 ERAS Patient Story Video
8:45-9:45 Keynote Presentation

ERAS – working towards Transformation – A Health Systems Perspective

Tracy Wasylak

Senior Programs Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks

Alberta Health Services

9:45-10:05 Working Together: the qualitative value of the Collaborative

Dr. Ron Collins, ERAS Collaborative Co-Chair, Anesthesia

10:05-10:20 Break
10:20-11:00 Rapid Fire: Collaborative Teams tell their story

·         Campbell River Hospital

·         Providence Health Care

·         Royal Inland Hospital

11:00-11:10 Enhanced Recovery Patient Education Video

Pamela Jessen, Patient Partner

11:10-11:50 Rapid Fire: Collaborative Teams tell their story

·         Kelowna General Hospital

·         Surrey Memorial Hospital

·         Mills Memorial Hospital

11:50-12:40 Lunch and Networking
12:40-1:00 What have we achieved together?

Presentation of quantitative results of the Collaborative

Dr. Ron Collins, ERAS Collaborative Co-Chair, Anesthesia

1:00-1:50 Rapid Fire: Collaborative Teams tell their story

·         Langley Memorial Hospital

·         Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

·         Royal Columbian Hospital

·         Vancouver General Hospital

1:50-2:00 I Learned… I Felt…  I Will…

A moment to reflect

2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:30 What resources will we leave behind?

Angie Chan, ERAS Collaborative Project Manager

2:30-2:40 Letter to My Future Self
2:40-3:40 Keynote Presentation

ERAS – status and future challenges

Dr. Henrik Kehlet

Professor of Perioperative Therapy at Rigshospitalet

Copenhagen University, Denmark

3:40-4:00 Award Ceremony & Closing Remarks
4:00-5:30 Light Reception

*Program is subject to minor changes.


Check Out the Resource Table!

Updated tools, templates, and other resources shared by sites will be on display.


Reflect on the Day!

Sam Bradd, graphic facilitator and recorder, will join us again to visually record the day.



This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 6.0 Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  This program has been reviewed and approved by UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

Keynote Speakers


henrik kehletDr. Henrik Kehlet is Professor of Perioperative Therapy at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Denmark. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the German Surgical Society and the German Anaesthesiological Society. Professor Kehlet’s research interests have focused on surgical pathophysiology, acute pain physiology and treatment, the transition from acute to chronic pain, postoperative fatigue and organ dysfunction. These efforts have condensed to form the concept of ‘fast-track surgery’ with the aim of achieving the ‘pain and risk-free operation’. Professor Kehlet has published more than 900 scientific articles and has given more than 300 invited lectures at international scientific meetings, including several honorary lectures. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) presented Dr. Kehlet with the Excellence in Research Award.


Tracy-Wasylak-240x300Tracy Wasylak is the Senior Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks with Alberta Health Services; she also serves as the Senior Provincial Director of the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network (SSCN), which has supported successful ERAS implementation in multiple sites across Alberta. She is a strong, innovative leader who has held numerous senior leadership roles within Alberta Health Services and the previous Calgary Health Region including Vice President, Rockyview General Hospital and South West Community Portfolio, Vice President, South Health Campus and also the Co-Lead of the Bone and Joint Clinical Network. She has an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Manitoba, Masters Degree in Science (thesis) from McGill University and graduated from the EXTRA Program through the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She is an active Canadian Health Services Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Tracy also holds an adjunct professor appointment, with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.



SSC Sponsorship

In order to support multi-disciplinary participation and geographic representation, the Specialist Services Committee has expanded sponsorship for participation at the Outcomes Congress. Please see below for eligibility and expenses covered. Participants must request sponsorship during registration; sponsorship will be confirmed by email from the SSC. Participants confirmed for sponsorship will be provided with detailed expense guidelines.

  • For BC specialists: BC specialists from Collaborative and non-Collaborative sites can claim for time spent attending the Outcomes Congress. BC specialists who travel more than 50km one way to the event can seek reimbursement for their travel and accommodations.


  • For nurses and allied health providers: BC nurses and allied health providers from Collaborative and non-Collaborative sites who travel more than 50km one way to the event can seek reimbursement for their travel and accommodations. This expanded funding is limited and provided on a first come, first served basis.

(Note to Collaborative teams, this expanded sponsorship is in addition to the regular SSC sponsorship of two physicians and one nurse per Collaborative team.)

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

Four Seasons Hotel

791 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4 Canada

The SSC has secured a discounted group hotel rate of $160 + taxes per night at the Four Seasons Hotel – Downtown Vancouver.

To reserve a room at the discounted rate, reservations must be made through the SSC. Please email Catriona Armitage, carmitage@doctorsofbc.ca by December 11, 2015 to reserve your room. The discounted rate cannot be guaranteed for reservations made after this date.


To register, please email Catriona Armitage, SSC Administrative Assistant, carmitage@doctorsofbc.ca.

For more information about this event, please email Angie Chan, Project Manager, achan@doctorsofbc.ca.